Desires Of The Heart

by David Bruce Murray | October 9, 2017 10:00 AM

I usually leave the devotional writing to Sony, but this particular topic has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. Perhaps some of you can get something out of it, too. (I’m not even sure this qualifies as a devotional so much as me working through some of my own issues, but carry on if you dare!)

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3

Is this verse really saying God will give us anything we want? As usual, context is key, which means we must read on. Three verses later, the Psalmist writes: “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”

The Psalmist’s suggestions to “be still” and “wait patiently for Him” do NOT come easy to a naturally impatient person like me. I want God’s will to happen, and I want it now! I just have to remind myself that the wait will make me appreciate His gift that much more whenever it finally does arrive.

Evil neighbors can be a distraction. They may appear to be doing quite well, at least by the world’s standards. We should not allow that to get us down. “Thou shalt not covet” from the Ten Commandments addresses the issue rather bluntly. Also, further down in Psalm 37, we’re told, “Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.”

It doesn’t seem like the Psalmist is placing a high priority on being rich or powerful! This why I don’t buy into the “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel that many preach when they reference Psalm 37:3 without considering context.

Considering the verses that follow, I take “desires” in Psalm 37:3 to mean that deep longing for something that is ALREADY God’s will for me to have. Now sure, I’d love to win a big sweepstakes, but I’m not going to kid myself into believing that God has ordained it to happen. It’s just a fantasy.

What if the desire is more modest, though? It may seem more in line to ask God for a new car. When I look at my present 10-year-old car, I may even be able to justify saying I need a new car. But no, buying (or winning) a new car changes nothing about my relationship with God or those around me.

The desires God places in my heart will benefit me in my walk with Him. I’ve said this flippantly in the past, but I truly do want to be a blessing. Of course, I can give offerings to mission work from time to time, which allows me to be an indirect blessing to strangers.

I want to be a specific blessing, though, and I want to receive God’s blessing that always comes in return. In God’s time, I trust it will happen.

This week, pray for God to open doors for you to be a direct blessing to someone else.

If you have time, pray that the specific blessing I would like to be will come to pass as well, and I thank you for your prayers!

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